Woodland Star School and its campus partners are committed to making a positive impact on the environment and have already achieved some significant successes on our greater campus. We have implemented a range of initiatives to promote sustainability and preserve the natural resources of our campus and the surrounding community.
Our green initiatives:
- One of our most significant commitments is the conversion of a ‘silent’ Eucalyptus plantation into 40 acres of indigenous forest. This has led to a rich and increasing biodiversity, which enhances the ecological health of our campus. We have also established a natural wetland that filters river water, neutralizing harmful farm chemicals, effluent, and providing clean water for the community downstream.
- Woodland Star utilizes a cutting-edge 80 kW grid-tie solar system with 146 solar panels integrated across the Brackenhurst campus. The solar system enables us to capture the power of the sun and convert it into clean and renewable electricity, a significant development in our commitment to reducing our environmental impact and creating a brighter and more sustainable world. Our solar system offsets an impressive 31% of the Brackenhurst campus’ total energy consumption, with 50% of our daytime energy needs fulfilled by clean solar power.
- To reduce our reliance on wood-fuel, we have implemented a program for growing our own firewood. This means that we control the chopping of trees as well as their replanting, ensuring that our campus is self-sustaining and environmentally responsible.
- We are also taking steps to reduce our plastic waste and recycle our garbage. Our campus-wide partnership with TakaTaka Solutions aims to reduce our non-recyclable waste down to only 5%. We are committed to drastically reducing our plastic waste and promoting recycling as part of our ongoing efforts to preserve the environment.
- To further support sustainability, we have created our organic vegetable garden for our school lunches and teas. This results in decreased use of pesticides, a lower carbon footprint, and creates a model for surrounding communities to adopt more environmentally friendly practices.
- In addition to these initiatives, we are also increasing our solar heating capacity to reduce our reliance on wood-fuel and promote clean energy. We are committed to reducing our water usage and wastage through a wide variety of creative techniques.